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October 24th, 2013
CENTRAL FALLSâAn early morning fire damaged the interior of an apartment and left four people homeless in a three-family house on High Street on Thursday.
Central Falls Fire Chief Robert Bradley said the report of the fire came in shortly after 7 a.m. He said it was a relatively small fire that was contained to one room and its contents, and was extinguished quickly.
However, the blaze caused enough damage to force the tenants to have to find alternative lodging. The Red Cross was called to provide assistance, he said.
PROVIDENCE â In a move General Treasurer Gina Raimondo said started back in December after the deadly shootings at Connecticutâs Sandy Hook Elementary School, the State Investment Commission voted unanimously Wednesday to divest all of the stake the state pension fund has in a gun distributor.
CUMBERLAND â Plans for constructing a new Blackstone Valley Prep Mayoral Academy elementary building at the townâs Currier Park are moving forward even though some local officials continue to question the siteâs suitability for the project.
Town Councilman Manuel DaCosta joined state Rep.James McLaughlin (D-Dist. 57, Cumberland, Central Falls) last week in calling for additional research on the possible impact an old Valley Falls coal mining operation could have on the school project.
PAWTUCKETâA city man faced a judge on Monday after police allege he attacked the mother of his children over the weekend and then fled with the children to Providence.
The young mother is recovering and her 32-year-old boyfriend, Barrolle Z. Shar of 442 Mineral Spring Ave. is in the ACI.
Shar was arrested by Rhode Island State Police on Saturday and arraigned before a bail commissioner.
He appeared in 6th District Court in Providence on Monday, where he was charged with domestic strangulation, assault with a deadly weapon and kidnapping/domestic.
PAWTUCKET â Working in the world of European fashion design, Tina Melo-Kufner knows all about the importance of predicting trends. Yet, many artists can be so engrossed in their respective craft that they donât pay attention to what consumers, and particularly the fashionistas, are clamoring for. Putting those two worlds together is the philosophy behind Melo-Kufnerâs latest business venture, Melo International.
LINCOLN â Town Administrator T. Joseph Almond has begun working on projections for the coming fiscal year, and for now at least it appears the town will not be seeing a decline in its Twin River revenues.
In fact, the creation of Twin Riverâs live table gaming venue at the casino has apparently generated some additional interest in the video lottery terminals (electronic games) from which Lincoln receives a share of the revenues, he noted.
EAST PROVIDENCE â A Fall River woman has pled guilty to embezzling more than $437,000 from a Columbus Credit Union branch office in East Providence where she was employed as a supervisor.
Crystal Ferreira, 27, of Fall River, now faces up to 30 years in federal prison when she is sentenced in January, according to U.S. Attorney Peter F. Neronha, who announced the guilty plea Thursday along with East Providence Police Chief Joseph H. Tavares and Vincent B. Lisi, special agent in charge of the Boston field office of the FBI.
CENTRAL FALLS â An early morning car fire that spread and caused minor damage to two nearby houses is being investigated by the state Fire Marshalâs office.
Fire Chief Robert Bradley said the fire in a vehicle was reported just before 4 a.m. on Thursday at 137 Sylvian St. He said the blaze started in one car that was parked in the double driveway and spread to a second car. The heat and flames melted the exterior siding on the two apartment houses that flanked each side of the driveway, he said.
NORTH PROVIDENCE â Rhode Islandâs much-vaunted pension reform law amounts to a âWall Street wealth transfer schemeâ that General Treasurer Gina Raimondo knowingly participated in, according to the author of a report commissioned by the stateâs largest public employee union and written by an acknowledged foe of hedge funds who has feuded with Raimondo for much of this year.
EAST PROVIDENCE â Police are beefing up their presence at Onna Moniz John-Central Avenue Playground and meeting with concerned neighborhood residents in the wake of a broad-daylight shooting that injured a 22-year-old man at the park last month.
In a report to the City Council Wednesday, Police Chief Joseph Tavares said the department has increased patrols at the park and is considering additional crime prevention measures. In addition, the first in a series of community meetings was held Oct. 10 between city officials and neighboring residents to discuss concerns about the parkâs safety.
CENTRAL FALLS â A pregnant developmentally disabled woman, missing since last Wednesday, has been located safe and sound.
Luisa Pena, 21, was located by Central Falls police yesterday on the Central Falls-Pawtucket line, a week after she was reported missing by her family. Pena is three months pregnant, has a profound speech impediment and doesn't drive.
According to police, Pena was reunited with her family and friends yesterday, two days after her family â worried that she had been abducted â made a public appeal for help at Central Falls High School, where Pena attended.
CENTRAL FALLS â During about a 10-minute span, a maintenance worker came up to Paul Landry with a broken section of pipe and inquired about a certain bushing, a young mother pushing a stroller collected paint color samples for her baby's room, and two carpenters debated the best product to use on a ceiling repair. It was a small slice of a typical day at J.A. Landry Hardware on Broad Street.
Yet, after 110 years, the mainstay for factory mechanics, laborers and do-it-your-selfers alike is closing its doors, primarily due to the local economy.
CUMBERLAND â The Town Council will consider a resolution adopting an updated master plan for Diamond Hill Park tonight.
The 375-acre Diamond Hill Park on Diamond Hill Road is a multi-use facility that includes several athletic fields, a band shell overlooking a pond and numerous picnic spots and hiking trails. For the past 10 years or so, the town has been trying to come up with ways to improve the park.
PAWTUCKET â While change is always unsettling, the merger of the Memorial Hospital of Rhode Island with the Care New England Healthcare System looks promising--both for the residents of the city that has been its home for over a century as well as the rest of Rhode Island, southeastern Massachusetts and even beyond.
LINCOLN â Massachusetts may be moving forward on adding three casinos and a separate slot parlor as new gambling competition in New England, but that doesnât have the Twin River casino, off Twin River Road, feeling the pinch of that competition just yet.
In fact, Twin River is well into the process of adding another 14 live game tables to its 66-table-game operation on the first floor of the redesigned former greyhound racing park.
PAWTUCKET â It hasnât been a happy time at Halloweenland. Last weekendâs debut of the carved pumpkin- and Halloween-themed exhibit at Slater Park was delayed due to rain, and this week, it was spoiled by something truly sinister: vandals who snipped electrical wires, broke displays and pumpkins, and apparently tried to start some fires.
PAWTUCKET â Theyâre usually next to the cash register. Packages that look like they contain incense or potpourri and are labeled âBliss,â âFake Weed,â âLunar Wave,â âWhite Lightningâ or other colorful names. Yet, police say these are synthetic stimulants that are not only harmful, but are now illegal to sell in Rhode Island.
Pawtucket Police have just sent out a letter to all local retailers notifying them of a new state law that makes it illegal to manufacture, sell or use certain synthetic narcotics. Gov. Lincoln Chafee signed the law (RIGL, Statute 21-28-2.08) into effect on July 17.
PAWTUCKET â The audience was small â about a dozen residents, but they kept the questions coming for Mayor Donald Grebien and his key department heads at Fallon Memorial Elementary School Thursday night.
The meeting was one of a series of community meetings that began this month, and which Grebien has held regularly throughout the three years since he was elected. âI get to give you some of the highlights as well as the downside of government. Iâll talk about where we are and where we came from, and then Iâll take your questions,â the mayor said.
PAWTUCKET â A city woman is suing the city for $1 million in damages that she maintains were incurred as the result of a fall on Prospect Street during the summer.
A representative of the Orabona Law Offices in Providence notified the city clerk last August that Sherry Ambers, of 560 Prospect St., Pawtucket, was injured in an accident on Aug. 14. Ambers was reportedly injured when she was walking down Prospect Street and stepped on a large piece of metal.
CENTRAL FALLS â Itâs a new concept: using social media to reach out to investors to fund private and government projects. Recently, the city of Central Falls decided to try the method, known as âcrowdfunding,â to pay for five new steel trash/recycling bins for Jenks Park. To date, the city is about a tenth of the way there, but those involved are voicing optimism about the potential to reach the goal.